Watermelon is the answer to many things


Dec 3, 2014 Health , 0 Comments

Watermelon delight

Watermelon is such an amazing fruit, or should I say vegetable?! Today I tasted the most thirst quenching slice of watermelon – nothing better than that on a hot summer’s day in Cape Town. It took me back to the time I spent in Turkey. Watermelon, feta cheese and bread is seen as an ordinary meal/snack, but to me it tasted like a king’s feast – simple yet delicious!  Here are a few facts about watermelon that really came as a surprise to me:

  1. Not only does it quench your thirst, it can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
  2. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
  3. Watermelon is a perfect health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
  4. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals.
  5. Watermelon is a vegetable! It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  6. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
  7. Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.
  8. In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.
  9. In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
  10. Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds. (http://www.thetowndish.com)

Keep healthy! I hope you get to taste a piece soon. Follow me on Facebook for more inspiration to keep your mind, body and spirit in tact 😉

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